“Fortune, that favors fools.”
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Sound familiar? Well, way before infomercials, Ben Jonson’s play The Alchemist shared a secret with the audience…if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Now Cleveland State University’s Dramatic Arts Program will present The Alchemist at the CSU Factory Theatre from April 23 through May 3, Thursday- Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the CSU Factory Theatre.
The Factory Theatre is located at 1833 East 24th Street, between Chester and Payne avenues. Parking on the street is free; parking in lot S1 is $6.
The Alchemist follows the schemes of a trio of con-artists: Face, Doll and Subtle, who hold court in the house of Face’s absent master. The three lure one fortune seeker after another into the house and show them a world where your heart’s desire is possible…for the right price. Seekers range from virtuous to gluttonous, but all share a common bond: to obtain the fabled “Philosopher’s Stone” and succeed in making their wishes come true.
Chaos ensues as the three hustlers pull one scheme after another, play different characters at the drop of a hat, and think on their feet to keep the game from falling apart. Then, on top of everything, the master of the house unexpectedly returns.
The Alchemist is directed by Dr. Michael Mauldin, Director of the Dramatic Arts Program at CSU, who also directed such productions as She Stoops To Conquer, The Robber Bridegroom and The Laramie Project. The Alchemist features phenomenal costumes by local designer Alison Garrigan, set design by Don McBride, and lighting design by CSU student Chris Carter.
Also featured are CSU acting students Randy Muchowski, Eric Perusek, Stephanie Wilbert, Benjamin Gates, Jack Matuszweki, Justin Steck, Katherine Wells, Stephen Farkas, Lew Wallace, Michael Laurenty, Denise Astorino and Val Kozlenko.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, seniors and CSU faculty/staff. For ticket reservations, please call the box office at 216.687.2109. Tickets may also be purchased one-half hour before show time.
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